Posted: Jul 2, 2010 6:36 PM by Shawn Kline
Updated: Jul 2, 2010 6:41 PM
Another shark is found in the Achafalaya basin and fisherman can't make sense of it.
Wilven Hayes of Henderson says he's been fishing since he was six-years-old and never caught a shark until this week when he reeled in two.
Hayes pulled in a five-footer Wednesday and on Friday, another... even bigger.
It was a whopping five-and-a-half foot shark, tearing his fishing net.
"I'm not an expert." Hayes said, "far from being a biologist but I still believe this has to do with the oil situation in the gulf."
For the second time in just one week, Hayes has released a shark back into fresh water.
Wildlife authorities say it's not rare to find sharks in the basin but fishermen insist the oil has something to do with it.
"It's not odd," says Jody David of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. "We know the sharks are in the river system in the summer months."
Another Henderson fisherman, Walter Angelle has been on the waters of the basin for more than five decades, and he says he's found sharks before but never this big.
"Small ones, maybe one to two feet," says Angelle. "Never that big though, not six feet."
Angelle and Hayes agree it's a rarity- more than eighty years of fishing between the two and neither have ever caught a shark of this size before.
David says its normal for these sharks to follow their food source upstream and these two catches are likely coincidence.
Angelle and Hayes however, can't explain it.
"It's not natural." Hayes said, "It's not nature made. It's a disaster causing it."